Emmanuel Macron, in the role of a “happy Sisyphus,” has decided to climb Mount Europe. At the Paris-Sorbonne University on Tuesday, he presented in front of a student audience (while outside a few dozen protested) an ambitious project of renewal and a reboot of the E.U., a 10-year plan for a “sovereign,” “united” and “democratic” Europe.
His six-point global program ranges from common defense to common migrant policies (with common asylum procedures), to a foreign policy focused on development aid, environmental protection, investment in the digital environment and a budget for the eurozone (but also more Erasmus for young people).
Macron is offering a point of reference for the coming years in which each country, each at its own pace, will contribute to making the E.U. competitive with the U.S. and China, leaving the possibility for Europe of “several formats.” This is an ambitious new “idea of Europe,” which in the past has triumphed above the ruins of war, and which is now indispensable to defeat the currents of nationalism and protectionist populism, in order to avoid any follow ups to Brexit.